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Favorite Images From Mars Rover Curiosity

  • Rover Takes Self Portrait
  • High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
  • Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall
  • Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up
  • Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes
  • Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014
  • Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones
  • Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp
  • Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap'
  • Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It
  • Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth (Annotated)
  • Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route (White-Balanced)
  • Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals
  • Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View
  • View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (Unannotated)
  • Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated)
  • Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp
  • View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'
  • View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive
  • Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rocknest, White-Balanced
  • Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
  • Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)
  • Mars View from 'John Klein' to Mount Sharp, Right Eye
  • Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors
  • First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop
  • Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling
  • Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated)
  • Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated)
  • 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated)
  • Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120
  • 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover
  • Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
  • Curiosity's Location During First Scooping
  • Target: Jake Matijevic Rock
  • Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest'
  • Link to a Watery Past
  • On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated)
  • Wheels and a Destination
  • Curiosity Leaves Its Mark
  • Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED)
  • Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam
  • Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam
  • Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp
  • Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp
  • Destination Mount Sharp
  • Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
  • Behold Mount Sharp!
  • Destination Gale Crater in August 2012
  • Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration
  • Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept
Rover Takes Self Portrait High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera Mars Science Laboratory Guided Entry at Mars, Artist's Concept Mars Science Laboratory Parachute, Artist's Concept Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Wide Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Tall Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up Bone up on Mars Rock Shapes Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014 Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp Panoramic View From West of 'Dingo Gap' Curiosity's Color View of Martian Dune After Crossing It Bright 'Evening Star' Seen from Mars is Earth (Annotated) Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route (White-Balanced) Martian Rock 'Harrison' in Color, Showing Crystals Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View View of Yellowknife Bay Formation, with Drilling Sites (Unannotated) Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater (Unannotated) Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler' View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rocknest, White-Balanced Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland' Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View) Mars View from 'John Klein' to Mount Sharp, Right Eye Mount Sharp Panorama in White-Balanced Colors First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling Veins in 'Sheepbed' Outcrop (Unannotated) Spherules in 'Yellowknife Bay' (Unannotated) 'Shaler' Unit's Evidence of Stream Flow (Unannotated) Wide View of 'Shaler' Outcrop, Sol 120 'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground Curiosity's Location During First Scooping Target: Jake Matijevic Rock Wheel Scuff Mark at 'Rocknest' Link to a Watery Past On the Road to Glenelg (Unannotated) Wheels and a Destination Curiosity Leaves Its Mark Getting to Know Mount Sharp (UNANNOTATED) Focusing the 34-millimeter Mastcam Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam Layers at the Base of Mount Sharp Landing Site Panorama, with the Heights of Mount Sharp Destination Mount Sharp Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail Behold Mount Sharp! Destination Gale Crater in August 2012 Oblique View of Gale Crater, Mars, with Vertical Exaggeration Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept

Mars Rover Curiosity: Press Release Images

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This diagram illustrates Mars' "thermal tides," a weather phenomenon responsible for large, daily variations in pressure at the Martian surface.
Thermal Tides at Mars
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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used a mechanism on its robotic arm to dig up five scoopfuls of material from a patch of dusty sand called "Rocknest," producing the five bite-mark pits visible in this image from the rover's left Navigation Camera (Navcam).
Five Bites Into Mars
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This subframe image from the left Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the covers in place over two sample inlet funnels of the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite.
Inlet Covers for Sample Analysis at Mars
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This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
Shooting Lasers
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This illustration shows the locations and interactions of volatiles on Mars. Volatiles are molecules that readily evaporate, converting to their gaseous form, such as water and carbon dioxide.
Volatiles on Mars
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This graph shows the percentage abundance of five gases in the atmosphere of Mars, as measured by the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer instrument of the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite on NASA's Mars rover in October 2012.
The Five Most Abundant Gases in the Martian Atmosphere
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If the atmosphere of Mars contains methane, various possibilities have been proposed for where the methane could come from and how it could disappear.
Potential Sources and Sinks of Methane on Mars
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The plot on the left shows new results from the Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.
Weighing Molecules on Mars
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On Sol 84 (Oct. 31, 2012), NASA's Curiosity rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture this set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait.
High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera
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Self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover uses thumbnail versions of MAHLI component images to give an idea of what a sharper version will look like when the full-frame images are assembled.
Preliminary Self-Portrait of Curiosity by Rover's Arm Camera
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The Martian soil examined by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the diffraction signature, or "fingerprint," of the mineral olivine, shown here on Earth in the form of tumbled crystals about a quarter-inch (several millimeters) in size.
Olivine on Earth
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This graphic shows results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover.
First X-ray View of Martian Soil
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This pair of images from the Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover shows the upper portion of a wind-blown deposit dubbed "Rocknest."
Wind-Blown Martian Sand
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This pair of images shows a "bite mark" where NASA's Curiosity rover scooped up some Martian soil (left), and the scoop carrying soil.
Curiosity Digs In
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This pair of images shows a "bite mark" where NASA's Curiosity rover scooped up some Martian soil (left), and the scoop carrying soil.
Curiosity Digs In (Annotated)
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This image shows the cells that hold the soil samples that are vibrated by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.
Shake it up, CheMin
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This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover.
Detector for CheMin
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A conventional X-ray diffraction instrument (left) is the size of a large refrigerator, in contrast to the compact size of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover (top right) and the spin-off commercial portable instrument (lower right, orange case).
X-ray Diffraction, Big and Small
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This focus-merge image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows a rock called "Burwash." The rock has a coating of dust on it. The coarser, visible grains are windblown sand.
Rock 'Burwash' Near Curiosity, Sol 82
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The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of a rock called "Et-Then" during the mission's 82nd sol, or Martian day (Oct. 29, 2012.)
Rock 'Et-Then' Near Curiosity, Sol 82
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Sample material from the fourth scoop of Martian soil collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the rover's observation tray in this image taken during the mission's 78th Martian day, or sol, (Oct. 24, 2012) by Curiosity's left Navigation Camera.
Scooped Material on Rover's Observation Tray
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After
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This image shows part of the small pit or bite created when NASA's Mars rover Curiosity collected its second scoop of Martian soil at a sandy patch called "Rocknest."
Bright Particle in Hole Dug by Scooping of Martian Soil
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The robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity delivered a sample of Martian soil to the rover's observation tray for the first time during the mission's 70th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 16, 2012)
First Sample Placed on Curiosity's Observation Tray
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Three bite marks left in the Martian ground by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity are visible in this image taken by the rover's right Navigation Camera during the mission's 69th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 15, 2012).
Curiosity's First Three Bites Into Martian Ground
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